Woke patrol have their victory Ant Middleton hits out at SAS: Who Dares Wins after exit
Ant Middleton: SAS star compares himself to Piers Morgan
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Former soldier Ant Middleton, 41, has lamented his exit from his role on SAS: Who Dares Wins. Speaking out in his new book, Mental Fitness, Ant claimed producers stopped being keen on featuring “uncompromising alpha males from the military”, which led to their decision to axe him in March.
He claimed: “They knew that I was going to jump so they pushed me first.”
The TV hardman, who rose to fame on the Channel 4 show, argued that despite their “victory” in getting him axed from the programme, “the woke patrol” changed SAS: Who Dares Wins for the worse.
In extracts from his new book obtained by The Sun: Ant writes: “They were just doing what they thought they needed to — protecting their brand — although what that brand is now, I’m not too sure.
“The first series was so exciting and real because of its brutality.
“We weren’t pretending to be anything other than what we were — uncompromising alpha males from the military.
“That’s obviously the opposite of the show they want now.
“The woke patrol have their victory, and I’ll be very interested to see where the series goes next.”
However, Ant went on to admit that he behaved in a way he isn’t proud of during his final series on the show.
The star puts this down to being “angry and frustrated” while filming.
Ant divulged: “I failed to live up to the standards I set myself. I regret that. I really regret that.
“Clearly I wasn’t an easy person to work with on that last series.
“I was so angry and frustrated for so much of it that I did behave in a way I’m not proud of.
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“I never thought I’d be the guy threatening to walk off set.”
At the time of his departure, Channel 4 declared the broadcaster will not work with Ant again due to his “personal conduct”.
Before his exit from the programme was confirmed, Ant had faced backlash last year over his controversial comments about the Black Lives Matter protests and the coronavirus pandemic.
Four female members of Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins claimed that he had made “lewd and suggestive comments” during filming.
The allegations detailing the “inappropriate” behaviour were sent to media union Bectu by the women after they became enraged by Ant’s comments on Good Morning Britain.
A spokesman for Middleton has denied this, saying the presenter “wholeheartedly and emphatically rejects the allegations, adding: “Ant has worked on TV sets around the world for many years and has never at any point been accused of speaking inappropriately by anyone.”
Speaking to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on the ITV show, the former soldier claimed his comments were “military banter”.
In a full statement, Channel 4 said: “Ant Middleton will not be taking part in future series of SAS: Who Dares Wins.
“Following a number of discussions Channel 4 and Minnow Films have had with him in relation to his personal conduct it has become clear that our views and values are not aligned and we will not be working with him again.”
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